Revitalizing The Great South Bay And The South Shore

We are The South Shore. The Great South Bay is our bay, our heritage and legacy. Through The Creek Defender Program, The I Love Long Island Campaign for bay friendly yards, and our Habitat Restoration Program, and through our strong advocacy, we are fighting for our bay and for the villages that sit on its shores.

Our Mission is to revitalize The Great South Bay so that our children and grandchildren can swim, fish, clam and sail this bay just as those before them had.

Please Contact Us to participate in protecting this legacy.

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Together, We Are The South Shore

We are a local 501(c)3 Non-Profit dedicated to revitalizing Great South Bay. We are South Shore residents, past and present, oystermen, fishermen, boaters, surfers, sailors, paddleboarders, environmental advocates, and marine scientists.

Healing Great South Bay is going to take all of us, the many thousands who grew up loving this bay. If we lose our bay, we lose The South Shore and this precious natural gift.  This must not happen on our watch!

We envision one day that the bay, fed by clean fresh water flowing in from its many creeks, will return to its former health. We believe that the investment is worth it, for we are building our own future.

We believe that people will come to understand that restoring nature begins right in their own backyards, and that the chemicals that go on their lawns go into our bay, and even, into our drinking water. We believe that with the right steps to improve water quality, we can help create a $1 billion a year oystering industry, with the oysters themselves helping to filter and clean the bay.

Save Great South Bay’s Facebook group has grown to over 13,000 members. We are in every South Shore town. With our Creek Defender Program, the “Bay Friendly Yards” Pledge and thr Habitat Restoration Program we are set on reviving our bay for today, and for future generations. And there are many ways you can help.

Recent Progress

Here’s what we’ve been up to recently.  Come to our events.   Defend your local creek!  Plant a “swamp forest” of native plants.   Or – if you can’t go in and get dirty yourself, then please donate.   We broke this bay through unmanaged growth and habitat destruction.  We have to fix it.

Where to Find “Drink The Bay Clean”

Exciting days here! Drink The Bay Clean is now widely available at retail beverage stores all over Suffolk County! We have so far 32 retail… Read more

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A Trip To Blue Island Oyster Farm

While Blue Island Oysters has its hatchery in West Sayville, its oyster farm is off Captree.   And last Friday was my day to visit. In… Read more

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New York and New Jersey Government leading the Ecological charge for our NY/NJ area bays, rivers and estuaries. It’s True!

Facts: 2018 Cuomo Priority: Full PCB Clean Up of the Hudson River Cuomo Announces $10.4 Mil to Clean LI’s Waters With Shellfish A New Start… Read more

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Pumpouts in The Great South Bay: Are Boaters Pumping or Dumping? STOP POO-LLUTION!

Pumping out sewage from boats might not be appealing but is obviously necessary if lavatory facilities are utilized onboard. The proper use of pumpout stations… Read more

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New York and New Jersey: A Bridge to Success. We are all deeply connected to the waters we share

Before co-founding Save The Great South Bay, in 1999 I married and moved to Northern New Jersey.  Having been a lifelong Long Islander and a… Read more

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South Shore Paddleboards: A Friend of SGSB!

This video was shot just days before a fire from a nearby business shuttered Karen’s store. She has now camped her business at The Long… Read more

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True Blue: “Drink The Bay Clean” Is A Beer For The Bay

Thank you Mark Burford, Sayville High School ’80, Founder, Brewmaster Emeritus and architect of Drink The Bay Clean! This will be a great summer at… Read more

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Introducing The Creek Defender Program

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We All Care About Where We’re From — Saving The Bay

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Defending Our Creeks By Restoring Habitats

As I sit in my office on yet another dreary early spring day, I think of all that’s really just around the corner for Save… Read more

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Save The Great South Bay: Our Plans For 2018

Greetings everyone!    Spring is in sight, and soon we will all be back on the bay again! While things have been quiet, they’ve been… Read more

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Shop At Amazon Smile — Help Our Bay

Do it for the baby Diamondback Terrapin! Save The Great South Bay is a strong supporter of South Shore businesses.   If, however, there are items… Read more

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The Ingredients For Any STGSB Event

They would be Drink The Bay Clean, live music, oysters. After that, all we need is the occasion! Save The Great South Bay has enjoyed… Read more

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A Big Thanks To Those Who Stepped Up For The Bay in 2017

Save The Great South Bay has enjoyed just incredible support, and by the time the dust settled on the year, we’d had ten events thrown… Read more

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Can A Beer Save A Bay?

As 2017 winds down, as the sun, ever lower on the horizon, yields the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets of The Great South Bay of Fall… Read more

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Doing Good By Drinking Well

Blue Point Brewery has done a remarkable thing:   They created a beer to help Save The Great South Bay in its mission.   With “Drink… Read more

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“Drink The Bay Clean” — Doing Good By Drinking Well

Blue Point Brewery has done a remarkable thing:   They created a beer to help Save The Great South Bay in its mission.   With “Drink… Read more

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Drink The Bay Clean Beer - Blue Point Brewing Marketing Image

Where Will “Drink The Bay Clean” Be Served?

“Drink The Bay Clean,” an India Pale Lager, is being brewed by Blue Point Brewery in order to support Save The Great South Bay’s efforts.… Read more

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The Babylon Creek Defender Program Launches

ATTENTION ALL BABYLONIANS! Save The Great South Bay’s Creek Defender Program launches on Earth Day April 22nd along The Carll’s River! Save The Great South… Read more

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STGSB Tours Bellport Inlet W/ The NYT: Leave It Alone

The breach, now known as Bellport Inlet, is now broadly accepted as being a boon to The Great South Bay. No longer are there calls… Read more

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Save The Great South Bay Tours Bellport Inlet (The Breach) with The New York Times — The Overwhelming Consensus: Leave It Alone

The breach, now known as Bellport Inlet, is now broadly accepted as being a boon to The Great South Bay. No longer are there calls… Read more

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GSB Images From Susan Brown

Susan Brown is an Outsider Artist who grew up and still resides in Sayville.   Here are some of her works:   Read more

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Rallying for Sewering — As Reported in The Islip Bulletin

Local residents from Oakdale, Sayville, and West Sayville rally for sewering and a return of a way of life Read more

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“Once More Unto The Breach, My Friends, Once More” — Please Submit Your Public Comments By Oct 8th!

The Great South Bay may getting worse in general, year by year, but not around the breach due south of Bellport. There, you will see… Read more

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